Cowboys-Eagles face-off in Desperation Bowl by Lloyd Vance

Dallas Cowboys stadium will surely be rocking on Christmas Eve as the Cowboys and Eagles square-off in a “Desperation Bowl” with huge playoff implications.  Back in Week 8, the Eagles romped over the Cowboys 34-7

Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6), Saturday December 24th, 4:15 PM ET on FOX

Broadcast Team: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver

The 102nd meeting of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will be one of the bigger games in the second-to-last week of the 2011 NFL regular season.  Both the Eagles and the NFC East division-leading Cowboys will be looking to further clear-up the NFC’s muddled playoff picture by coming away with a win in a sure-fire “Desperation Bowl”.  Of course the stage for this game could be already set after the New York Giants (7-7) face the New York Jets (8-6) meet in the1:00 PM ETslot.  The Cowboys and Giants have been locked in a season-long battle for the NFC East crown and if the G-Men are able to pull off a win versus their in-stadium rival, then both Dallas and Philadelphia will experience different feelings heading into their rivalry game.  If the Giants win at1 PM, then the Eagles will be eliminated from playoff contention and the Cowboys win or lose will have to prepare themselves for an “All or Nothing” game in Week 17 against the Giants.

For what it is worth, my gut is telling me that the NY Jets seem to be riding a much stronger sense of momentum than the NY Giants – have lost 5 of their last 6 games – so it would not shock me if the Eagles-Cowboys game really will still matter come 4:15 PM ET.  Continue reading

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2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: December 20th Practice

Desperation will be in the air at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday as the Eagles (6-8) and Cowboys (6-8) renew their heated rivalry.  In preparation for the game, Taking It to the House’s Matt Lomabardo stopped by the Eagles’ Nova Care Complex on Tuesday December 20th and record this lockerroom interview footage

 

Eagles LB Brian Rolle talks about the challenge of facing the Cowboys

 

Eagles CB Joselio Hanson talks about the possibility of increased playing time due to Asante Samuel’s injured hamstring

2011 NFL Week 15 Remix by Lloyd Vance

 In a week full of upsets around the National Football League, none was bigger than Romeo Crennel’s Kansas City Chiefs handing the Green Bay Packers (13-1) their first loss of the season in a 19-14 win at Arrowhead Stadium

(Philadelphia, PA) — Week 15 of the 92nd NFL Season is in the books and even though the NFL’s slogan for the 2011 season is “Back to Football”, it should really be “This is One Wacky Season!!” From week to week fans have no idea where the next upset, game-winning field goal, or team entering/leaving the playoff race will come from next.  Remember what former Colts head coach Tony Dungy said about professional football this time of the year, “NFL football is really still about November and December”.

This week brought many upsets (7 teams with losing records beating teams with winning records); the surprising end of perfection (Chiefs shocked the formerly undefeated Green Bay Packers); thankfully the ending of an ugly winless streak (Colts finally got a win as quarterback Dan Orlovsky and WR Reggie Wayne led the way), playoff clinching moments (Steelers, Ravens, and Saints); Patriots finally muzzling Tebow Mania (Brady showed the youngster what a veteran superstar looks like); and some teams staying alive with playoff hopes in their eyes (Eagles, Bengals, Seahawks, and Cardinals). Continue reading

2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: December 14th Practice

Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo stopped by the Eagles Nova Care Complex on Wednesday December 14th as the Birds (5-8) prepare to face NY Jets (8-5) in another must-win game for both teams. 

To the Eagles credit, though some fans have been rooting half-hearted for them — some in hopes of head coach Andy Reid leaving — the Birds were able to produce a solid win over the Dolphins in Week 14.  However in this week, head coach Rex Ryan will lead his charismatic NY Jets into the Linc and they should be a much tougher test than their lower AFC East rival.

Of course all eyes will be on the NY Jets’ stars QB Mark Sanchez, WR’s Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress, and All-world CB Darrelle Revis. Continue reading

Despite Win, Eagles Need Change by Matt Lombardo

Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie will have plenty of difficult decisions to make after a disappointing season concludes for his team. Sunday’s win over the Dolphins keeps the Birds mathematically alive for the playoffs, but the question needs to be asked; After a season of high hopes and expectations, is a strong finish good enough? 

When the obituary of this dreadful Philadelphia Eagles season is published, the Eagles would like for Sunday’s win over the now 4-9 Miami Dolphins to be the accompanying photo. That simply cannot be the case.

Granted, Sunday was the most complete effort in a season of inconsistent or worse performances from an Eagles team that has fallen woefully short of preseason expectations, but it simply can’t stand as the benchmark for this season. As encouraging as a 26-10 win that produced two LeSean McCoy touchdowns, three forced turnovers on defense and a cleaner game in the penalty department is, the realization needs to be that this performance came against the Matt Moore led Dolphins, a far cry from the Dan Marino Fish of years gone by. Continue reading

Loss to Cardinals Could be the start of Another Cowboys Late Season Swoon by Lloyd Vance

Could the Dallas Cowboys improbable Week 13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals lead to another late season swoon? We know team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett sure hope not.

Week 13 of the 2011 NFL Season was not a good one for the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (7-5).  A purely winnable game turned into a devastating loss as the Arizona Cardinals (5-7) gladly took home a close 19-13 overtime home win.  While the Cowboys were left to wonder, “What If”.  The winning margin came quickly in OT as Cardinals reserve RB LaRod Stephens-Howling turned a short pass from QB Kevin Kolb into a dazzling darting 52-yard touchdown reception.  Continue reading

Eagles Practice Notebook Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins 12/7

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Taking It To The House lead writer Matt Lombardo was on the scene at Novacare on Wednesday as the Eagles began preparation for their week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins. As the season comes down the home stretch, the Eagles are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs at 4-8, but the pressure is mounting on Head Coach Andy Reid who was forced to address questions about his job security next season. Reid flatly denied reports that the Front Office gave him an ultimatum to fire Juan Castillo in order to save his own job next season.

 Eagles Running Back Ronnie Brown
Ronnie Brown talks about what it will be like to return to Sun Life Stadium for the first time as a visitor.
Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick
Michael Vick talks about what to expect on Sunday in Miami, as well as it marking his first start in three games after suffering two broken ribs.
Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney
Jamar Chaney talks about the matchup problems presented by the Miami Dolphins and their offense that is suddenly high powered behind quarterback Matt Moore and running back Reggie Bush. Chaney also acknowledged the defense’s inconsistencies this season as a contributing factor to the team’s 4-8 record.

Matt Lombardo is the Lead Writer for Taking It To The House. Matt is also the  Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter and a host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL or by Email atMDLombardo@yahoo.com